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Consumer groups petition FDA to ban GE salmon

Consumers Union, Food & Water Watch, and the Center for Food Safety submitted a formal petition to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today asking the agency to classify and evaluate AquaBounty’s “AquAdvantage” genetically engineered (GE) salmon and all of its components as a food additive.

The groups’ legal petition contends that the agency review process that treats genetically engineered salmon only as a new animal drug is insufficient to protect public health, and that the agency is required by law to review the GE salmon under what should be a more rigorous process for any novel substance added to food.